SCRIPTURE: Revelation 17
Why does Jesus use a female prostitute to symbolize the epitome of evil? Not because God has it out against women, but because she illustrates perfectly the seductive, destructive power of sin. We can also think of the beautiful Sirens in Greek mythology that lured sailors to their rocky shores, and then killed them. And we recall the wisdom of Proverbs 5,7 warning about the “Immoral Woman”. This vision shows how alluring temptation and immorality is. Those who surrender to immorality can describe how appealing the temptation was UNTIL they gave in to it. And then they experience the hangover, the crash.
This vision makes it plain that we are facing a very dangerous enemy. The pull of the ‘world’ is so strong, how many of the youth surrender themselves to the very things that eventually ruin their lives (dressing seductively, only to be used and abused sexually, enjoying the high of addictive substances, only to be hooked, surrendering to ‘indiscretions’ for fun, then realizing the consequences after the fact, etc.).
This vision also makes it plain that this seductive presence of evil will not last forever. Our destination will depend on whether we surrender to Jesus, or to this ‘prostitute’. With Jesus we will ultimately experience the ultimate ‘high’ of life with God; with the prostitute we will ultimate experience the ultimate crash of final judgment.
Our lives are filled with good and bad decisions, good healthy and harmful behaviours. But what is the general pattern or direction of our life? Are we moving closer to Jesus, or drifting from Him to the ‘pleasure goddess’. Short term, if you opt for the pleasure goddess, you will experience moments of delight, but long term, you will regret it.
Lord, I sense that I am moving in the right direction, but I also admit that I am surrendering to inappropriate indiscretions. Little things, it seems to me, yet with bigger consequences. Use this vision to steer me back to You.